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English Studies, part-time (extramural), second cycle

Code NZ2-FLA
Organizational unit Faculty of Modern Languages
Field of studies English Studies
Form of studies Part-time (extramural)
Level of education Second cycle
Educational profile academic
Language(s) of instruction English
Minimum number of students 15
Admission limit 70
Duration 2 years
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Phase 1 (01.06.2021 00:00 – 30.06.2021 23:59)

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  • Transfers from other universities for first-cycle, second-cycle and long-cycle Master-level studies 2021/2022
    Phase 1 (01.06.2021 00:00 – 30.06.2021 23:59)

About the Studies

These studies are intended for candidates who have successfully completed their undergraduate studies having attained a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent thereof. The duration of the studies is four semesters.

The English Studies major is considered part of the humanities. It encompasses courses in the fields of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics as well as those relating to the Literature and Culture of the nations of the Anglosphere, among them Great Britain, the United States, Ireland, Canada, Australia, the Republic of South Africa, and others. Emphasis is put on the practical application of the knowledge acquired.

The central theme of the program is the customization of study. Students choose their thesis seminars according to their interests and preferences. The choice of seminar determines course modules, including specialization courses. Highly personalized course requirements encourage students to build their own study program under the guidance of a qualified thesis advisor. This study program not only gives students the opportunity to broaden their knowledge of either Linguistics or British and American Literature and Culture but also promotes cross-discipline research.

The Institute presents students with a variety of thesis seminars, taught by distinguished professors. The concept of building one’s study and research experience around a thesis seminar in which teachers collaborate with students is as innovative and unique as our course system. The central theme of the program is the customization of study; providing students with the opportunity to influence their academic experience is what makes our Institute one of a kind.

The level of study personalization offered at our Institute cannot be matched by research facilities that have not adopted a course system.

All core courses and electives associated with a student’s major are taught in English. In addition, we offer courses that incorporate the CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) method of teaching.

Instead of limiting our courses to specific professional training, our study program focuses on the development of useful transferrable skills that are highly sought after by many employers, among them self-training, teamwork, decision-making, composition, or public speaking. This is one of the reasons why our students can look forward to prospective careers in various fields. Through the application of our unique teaching methods students develop critical thinking, reflection, and problem solving skills.

Our graduates possess a C2 Level knowledge of English (according to the EQF) and are trained extensively in linguistics as well as the culture, literature, art, and sociology of English-speaking countries. In addition, their knowledge of the humanities makes them well-suited for both academic and professional careers.

Upon the completion of a teacher training module, students are qualified to teach English at all levels. The Institute of English offers a teacher training program as a module which can be selected by a student in the general academic course of study. In other words, the teacher training is an additional option, which students in their first and/or second cycle may choose. Under current Polish regulations full teaching qualifications can be conferred upon holders of M.A. diplomas.

Compulsory courses

In order to grant students greater freedom in regards to their choice of seminar and course, compulsory subjects have been limited to the absolute minimum needed to obtain expertise in the field of Modern Languages.

The List of Compulsory Courses is as follows:

  1. Lecture: Theoretical Linguistics
  2. Lecture: Applied Linguistics
  3. Lecture: American Literature and Culture
  4. Lecture: British Literature and Culture
  5. Practical English Courses (CLIL)


Elective courses are classes created and taught by faculty members specializing in particular fields of research, ensuring excellence both in terms of content and teaching. The name, contents, and ECTS point value of each course is certified by the Institute’s Teaching Board upon recommendation of Academic Board. This unique course system is made possible owing to the efforts of a dedicated staff of experts. Most members of our faculty are not only teachers, but also accomplished scientist and scholars. As much as over 60% among them are distinguished professors. Our faculty are renowned experts in their respective fields.

The list of courses scheduled for a given academic year is available on the Institute’s website.

Majors and minors

The second cycle students are not required to choose a major. Their major is determined by the M.A. seminar.

Type and Form of Study

This is a part-time / extramural course of study, tuition-based, classes are held on week-ends.

The seat of the Institute is in Warsaw at 69 Hoża Street, in the heart of the city, with an excellent public transportation system.

Traditional in-class or on-line modes of teaching depend on current regulations by the University Rector.

More information is available at Institute of English Studies.


Admission rules for candidates with Polish diplomas

The studies are intended for candidates holding a bachelor’s or master’s degree or their equivalent in any field of study.

Qualification to studies is based on an entrance exam for all candidates, checking their preparation for second-cycle studies in English philology.

The test exam is in English and consists of 3 parts: British literature and culture, American literature and culture, and theoretical and applied linguistics.

The maximum amount of points in each part is 100. The candidate chooses one part. The qualification threshold is 60 points, or 60%.

The scope of the exam:

British literature and culture

Literary periods and their historical background:

  1. Heroic and religious tradition in the early Middle Ages
  2. Knightly romance and medieval allegory
  3. Elizabethan drama
  4. English poetry of the 17th century, metaphysical poets and epic
  5. Romantic poetry
  6. Victorian novel
  7. Modernism
  8. Contemporary novel

British culture:

  1. Geographical and economic regions as well as historical and cultural regions
  2. Basics of British statehood: basic political instruments
  3. History of Great Britain: basic information
  4. Social institutions and phenomena, e.g. school system, ethnic relations
  5. Cultural institutions and phenomena: e.g. press, television
  6. Current events

American literature and culture

Literary periods and their historical background:

  1. Literature of the colonial period
  2. Transcendentalism
  3. Romanticism in fiction and poetry
  4. Fiction of realism and naturalism
  5. Modernist poetry and fiction
  6. Postmodernism and literature
  7. Drama in the 20th century
  8. Contemporary literature

American culture

  1. Geographical and economic regions as well as historical and cultural regions
  2. Political institutions
  3. History of the United States: basic information
  4. Social institutions and phenomena, e.g. school system, ethnic relations
  5. Cultural phenomena and media
  6. Current events


  1. Important feature of natural language (e.g. conventionality, two-level structure, creativity, cultural learning)
  2. Phonetics and phonology (classification of sounds, phonemes, allophones, syllable, etc.)
  3. Morphology (types of morphemes, derivation and inflection, word-formation processes, etc.) and syntax (syntactic processes and categories, syntactic analysis, etc.)
  4. Semantics (linguistic meaning, thematic roles, lexical relations, etc.) and pragmatics (context, anaphora, reference/ connotation, etc.), deictic expressions, presupposition, conversational implicatures, speech acts, language politeness)
  5. Discourse analysis
  6. Geographical and social diversity of language
  7. Language acquisition and second/foreign language learning

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Admission procedure for candidates with foreign diplomas

The admissions criteria are the same as for candidates with Polish diplomas.


Checking the Candidates' competences to undertake studies conducted in English language

In addition to the test exam in English constituting of 3 parts (British literature and culture, American literature and culture, as well as theoretical and applied linguistics), candidates take the C1 level English exam or present a certificate confirming proficiency in English language at C1 level or higher according to the CEFR.

The result of the exam is valid for 5 years from the date it was taken. This provision is also applicable to the results of C1 exam received by the graduates of BA programme in English Studies in the Institute of English Studies of the University of Warsaw. The results of a candidate’s exam must be valid on the day on which the admission results are announced. In order for the Recruitment Committee to recognize the result of an exam from previous years, a suitable application must be submitted no later than on the last day of registration of candidates for extramural second-cycle studies.

Candidates who hold one of the certificates enumerated below are exempted from taking the C1 exam.

Enclosed is the list of accepted certificates:

  • Certificate in Advanced English / Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) / C1 Advanced issued by Cambridge Assessment English (previously Cambridge English Language Assessment and University of Cambridge ESOL examination)
  • Certificate of Proficiency in English / Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) / C2 Proficiency issued by Cambridge Assessment English (previously Cambridge English Language Assessment and University of Cambridge ESOL examination)
  • C1 Business Higher / Cambridge English: Business Higher (BEC Higher) issued by Cambridge Assessment English (previously Cambridge English Language Assessment and University of Cambridge ESOL examination)
  • UW Certificate Examination (C1 or C2 level) issued by the University of Warsaw Council for the Certification of Language Proficiency
  • C1 exam conducted by the UW Institute of English Studies
  • ECL Language Test level C1 (min. score 80), issued by European Consortium for the Certificate of Attainment in Modern Languages
  • Edexcel ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Level 2 issued by Pearson
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic (min. score 64) issued by Pearson
  • International English Language Testing System Academic (min. score 7) issued by International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (min. score 94) issued by Educational Testing Service (ETS)

Candidates who do not hold a required certificate should pass the exam in English (level C1) at the Institute of English Studies. It is an advanced written exam at the C1 level according to CEFR (i.e. the fifth of six levels, with the second highest degree of difficulty). Duration: 3 hours.

Method of determining the final result:

Candidates are required to obtain the minimum result of 50% on the C1 English exam or a C1 or higher level University of Warsaw certificate in English. The score of the C1 English exam is not counted in the final result.



C1 Level English Exam: 7th of July, 2021, 10 a.m. (exam will be held online at the platform Kampus-rekrutacja)

Exam checking Candidates' preparation for second-cycle studies in English philology: 9th of July,2021, 10 a.m. (exam will be held online at the platform Kampus-rekrutacja)

Announcement of results: 19th of July, 2021

Reception of documents: 

  • I round: 20th-22nd of July, 2021
  • II round (in case of not fulfilling the limit during I round): 23rd, 26th of July, 2021
  • III round (in case of not fulfilling the limit during II round): 27th-28th of July, 2021
  • IV round (in case of not fulfilling the limit during III round): 29th-30th of July, 2021
  • additional rounds will be announced in case of not fulfilling the limit of available places



Application fee

Student's ID payment (ELS)

The studies are payable - tuition fees


Required documents

List of required documents submitted by candidates qualified for studies


Additional information

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